• Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII (八代目市川団十郎) as the White-pawed monkey (Tejiro no saru - 手白ノ猿) and Ichikawa Shinnosuke III (市川新之助) as the small monkey (小ざる) - center panel of a triptych of the dance play <i>Hana to Mimasu Itoshitsu no Moji</i> [花三升恋いの字]
Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII (八代目市川団十郎) as the White-pawed monkey (Tejiro no saru - 手白ノ猿) and Ichikawa Shinnosuke III (市川新之助) as the small monkey (小ざる) - center panel of a triptych of the dance play <i>Hana to Mimasu Itoshitsu no Moji</i> [花三升恋いの字]
Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII (八代目市川団十郎) as the White-pawed monkey (Tejiro no saru - 手白ノ猿) and Ichikawa Shinnosuke III (市川新之助) as the small monkey (小ざる) - center panel of a triptych of the dance play <i>Hana to Mimasu Itoshitsu no Moji</i> [花三升恋いの字]

Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国) (artist 1786 – 01/12/1865)

Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII (八代目市川団十郎) as the White-pawed monkey (Tejiro no saru - 手白ノ猿) and Ichikawa Shinnosuke III (市川新之助) as the small monkey (小ざる) - center panel of a triptych of the dance play Hana to Mimasu Itoshitsu no Moji [花三升恋いの字]

Print


10/27/1839
10.125 in x 15 in (Overall dimensions) Japanese woodblock print
Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga
五渡亭国貞画
Publisher: Kawaguchiya Shōzō
(Marks 231 - seal 25-355)
Censor's seal: kiwame
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - full triptych
Waseda University
Mead Art Museum, Amherst
Hankyu Culture Foundation
Hankyu Culture Foundation - right panel
Hankyu Culture Foundation - left panel
Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire (via Ritsumeikan University) - center and right-hand panels only
Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia - the middle and left-hand panels of the triptych This print is the central panel of a triptych illustrating the dance play Hana to Mimasu Itoshitsu no Moji (花三升恋いの字) performed at the Kawarazaki Theater in Edo in 1839.

The small monkey was played by the son of the large monkey. Other actors who are seen in the triptych are Ichikawa Ebizō V as a White Monkey, the Spirit of Kinpira (Kinpira no rei Hakuen), Ichikawa Saruzō I as a Little Monkey (Kozaru) on the right-hand panel and Ichikawa Danjūrō V as Mita Tsugō on the left one.
Kawaguchiya Shōzō (川口屋正蔵) (publisher)
actor prints (yakusha-e - 役者絵) (genre)
Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII (八代目市川団十郎: 5/10/1823 - 6/8/1854) (actor)
Ichikawa Shinnosuke III (三代目市川新之助) (actor)